If you ever thought about exploring the north of England, the Yorkshire area is the place to go. It has spectacular scenery in the Yorkshire Dales National Park and the North Yorkshire Moors, there a beautiful country houses, castles and gardens to explore. And the great city of York, where many cultures came together to make up the UK we know today. History abounds in this area and the city of York has much of it at it’s doorstep.

In York you can view the famous York Minster, historic houses like the Treasurers House, Fairfax and Mansion house, as well as some unique museums like the Jorvik Viking Museum and the National Railway Museum.

The city itself is charming with gardens, a river and many cobblestoned streets. The leaning houses in the shambles is very picturesque. Shops and restaurants abound. And one of the best views over the city is at the top of it’s Marks and Spencer in their restaurant location.

Getting to the city is easy by train and getting around the city is easy by foot. But if you want to be sure you get by all it has to offer, take the Hop On Hop Off bus.

Day trips out of York are available to the Yorkshire Dales National Park where you can view castles and waterfalls, rolling hills and rivers. The views come at you from every turn. The Wensleydale area is known for its famous cheese and you can even tour the Creamery there.

Quaint market towns like Hawes are fun to explore. The Nidderdale area takes you through Pateley Bridge and Brimham Rocks. The latter will wow you with views and rock formations you never dreamed of.

The Yorkshire boasts many beautiful country houses, some very close to York. Castle Howard, for example is only 15 miles away and can be reached by bus if you don’t have a car. For more ideas on what to do on your day out, click here to look for some tours!